Seigle Farm: Our Giving Garden
In early Spring of 2012, a serendipitous conversation between a local chef and elders at the Avenue led to the notion of dedicating a small tract of unused land between the church parking lot and nearby interstate as a dedicated growing space. Seigle Farm was founded as a ministry of SAPC in May of 2012. The mission of the Farm is to bring the benefits of clean, organically grown food to our neighborhood and to offer a space to bring our church outside of our church walls. Think bearing fruit in more than one way. We’ve taken first steps in offering healthy cooking demonstrations and occasionally offering a free “produce stand” to members of the church.
We’re learning our new craft day by day. In the last year, with the help of volunteers and by reinvesting the profits of our “crops”, we’ve produce more than 1000 lbs of produce, built our own compost bins and raised a shed with water catch system, and expanded from 10 raised beds to 23 raised beds for the summer of 2013. We are still considering ways to bring the benefits of the wonderful fruits and vegetables to our larger community in a sustainable way. One of our mid term goals is to be able to offer scholarships for neighborhood youth involved in the Farm to summer arts and science camps.